Thomas Martin

Thomas Jackson "Tommy" Martin

Monday, June 6th, 1932 - Friday, April 12th, 2019
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Thomas J. (Tommy) Martin, 86, of Salem, Virginia passed away peacefully at home on April 12th surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his son Terry Martin, his parents Grace Gunter and George Martin, and his brother Donald Martin.
He was born in Allisonia, Virginia and graduated from Dublin High School. He worked as a dispatcher for the Virginia State Police at their Salem headquarters and also worked at the Commissioner of Revenue’s Office as the Deputy Commissioner in Salem, Virginia. Later, he worked as a State Farm Insurance agent and manager for 42 years. He loved helping others throughout his career and retired in 2001.
As a young man, Tommy was active in the Salem Jaycees, where he served as president, regional vice president, and national director. After joining Central United Methodist Church in the early 1950s, Tommy was an active member of its congregation. At the age of 26, he was elected as chairman of the board, a role which he fulfilled for most of his life. Also, he faithfully served his church as chairman of the finance committee and was president of his Sunday school class for numerous years. As co-chairman of the building committee, he worked diligently to see that the social hall was built.
Tommy loved being an active member in his community and dedicated his life to his family and faith.
Tommy is survived by his wife Anna Smith Martin, two sons, Billy Martin (Lynette) and Steve Martin (Gail) and one daughter, Tommie Ann Perdue; grandchildren Nikki Dandridge (Wayles), Kim Shelton (Will), Meredith Rose (Nick), Ben Martin (Lindsey), Dana Paiment (Bryan), and Zach Zuro (Hannah); great-grandchildren, Anna and Harrison Dandridge, Hayden Martin, Jared and Kayla Lavallee, Sam and Maddie Shelton, and Harper and Carmen Rose; and several nephews, nieces, and cousins.
The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Malidi, Dr. Buck, and the wonderful staff at Blue Ridge Cancer Center for their exceptional care. Also, the family appreciates the dedication and care from Good Samaritan Hospice and Home Instead caregivers.
A Celebration of his life will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 22, 2019, at Central United Methodist Church located at 428 South College Avenue, Salem, Virginia. Friends may visit with the family from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the church prior to the service, the entombment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Central United Methodist Church or Good Samaritan Hospice.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, April 22nd, 2019 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Monday, April 22nd, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Central United Methodist Church
    428 South College Avenue
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, April 22nd, 2019 | 3:30pm
    Monday, April 22nd, 2019 3:30pm
    Central United Methodist Church
    428 South College Avenue
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Brian Buckles


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Karen Hufford

Posted at 08:10pm
I am sending my prayers to the family. I am so sorry for your great loss. My parents, Thomas and Ada (Dalton) Hufford were friends of Tommy. My aunt, Imogene Dalton Smith knew him as well, and she sends her condolences.
May God bless you and yours. Karen Hufford, Lexington, VA.

Jake Mayo

Posted at 11:07pm
I have known Tommy all my life, he was my favorite Aunt's older son. When I was growing up, being six years younger, I wore many of his and Donald's hand-me-downs. I am so sorry to hear of his passing away, He was one of the few of my first cousins that was still living, there is not many of us left. May God give his immediate family peace and comfort. John ( Jake) Mayo

Ruth Hall

Posted at 09:46pm
I am so sorry to hear of Tommy’s passing but happy he has received his Heavenly reward. Prayers for peace and comfort in the loving memories of a fine man

Buster Nelson

Posted at 11:18am
I am sadden to learn of Tommy's transition from labor to reward. i met Tommy over 35 years ago when i entered the State Farm Agency career. He taught one of the agency training sales classes. He was always the consummate professional in his actions and appearance. It his people like him who I cut my career teeth with and I emulate to this day! I am better person both personally and professional because of the people like Tommy Martin .

Buster Nelson


Posted at 04:45pm
Tommy Martin was a fine man. That simple statement means so very much, especially today. He was so thoughtful, positive and gave me great advice as a younger agent. Not too long ago, we became Facebook friends and that brought back a flood of memories, which made me smile! Thank you Tommy Martin for all you did for me. Like I said, he was a fine man.

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